Chris McKay Shoots Down Rumors that Zac Efron Would Be Dick Grayson in NIGHTWING

Some rumors have been flying around that Zac Efron was confirmed to be playing Dick Grayson in Chris McKay’s Nightwing. It appears many heard the rumor from voice actor Jon Bailey who tweeted:

A fan was curious enough, that they asked McKay on Twitter. McKay responded simply:

I think it’s safe to assume that it will be a while before we hear any official announcements about this movie. That being said, McKay only denied that Efron was confirmed as Grayson. It is possible that he is still in the running to play the character. Who do you want to play Dick Grayson? Efron and Dacre Montgomery seem to be at the top of everyone’s minds for the role, but is there someone else that you’d love to see in the role?

SHAZAM! Has Completed Filming

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It’s official! Shazam! has ended it’s filming. Director David F. Sandberg made the announcement at the end of last week, saying:

He’s got just under a year to get the post-production done, and I’m genuinely excited. Maybe it’s just my love for Zachary Levi, but I think the film has a lot of potential. Hopefully, DC and Warner Bros have gotten their acts together to create great movies. In addition to the filming coming to a close, Levi took to Instagram to announce that all of the toys from the movie will be donated to non-profit organizations around Toronto (where the film was shot).

As we wrap production on @shazammovie, there are so many people that need to be thanked. Our cast and crew, through and through, were legit ninja warriors who battled one helluva winter, and made something so magical in the process. Thank you, Toronto, for being such a gracious and entertaining host to our #Shazamily. On behalf of the entire production, here's a little something we'd like to leave with y'all for being so good to us...🙏

DC does not have the best track record, but between Aquaman (December 21, 2018) and Shazam! I hope that they can become more consistent. Do you think DC will ever get to the point of making consistently good films or are they stuck with one good film every now and then?

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong).

Shazam! Will be released to theaters April 5, 2019.

Source: ComingSoon

ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Director Reveals Hope Van Dyne’s Struggle

Ant-Man and the Wasp is due out in roughly two months, so let’s steal some time from Avengers: Infinity War posts to talk about the upcoming film. We know that Ant-Man and the Wasp will deal with the fallout from Captain America: Civil War where Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) became a fugitive as he was on Team Cap. We also know that Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) will finally suit up as the Wasp who is Ant-Man’s partner. We also know that Ghost will be the villain and the Quantum Realm will be explored in more detail in this film. What struggle will Hope have in the film though? Turns out she has a case of I-don’t-need-a-partner-itis.

We saw this a little in Ant-Man. She was training to take over for her father Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) before he decided to hand the shrinking suit to Scott. She was resentful for a good part of the movie, going on about how she should be the one in the suit and she should be the hero. It sounds like once she suits up as Wasp, she may start seeing no point in teaming up with Scott. CinemaBlend spoke with director Peyton Reed who said this:

Well, the movie is absolutely about Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne, and Hope becoming Wasp... and their relationship is a little fractured... I think for Hope particularly, the question is out there: ‘Do I need this guy in my life? I’m a fully formed hero in my own right, do I need a partner?’ That was really a fun kind of premise to start from.

It’s not a terribly original story, but it’s understandable since we’ve seen the character deal with similar feelings before. It’s also an interesting twist since the “new” hero is usually not the one not wanting a partner. I’m excited to see this film!

Ant-Man and the Wasp will hit theaters July 6, 2018.

Marvel Fans are Petitioning for IMAX Sequences on Home Releases

While hyping up Avengers: Infinity War, one of the big things was that this film would be the first Hollywood film to be shot exclusively on IMAX cameras. This meant that you would get an incredible experience if you saw the movie at an IMAX theater. This has drawn praise from self-proclaimed videophiles who appreciate all the work put into the movie and the differences that the IMAX experience gives when taken advantage of. Sadly, in the past, when movies have IMAX sequences, they are cropped to fit the rest of the film during the home releases. This means that you watch your film in your home theater and there’s no trace of that IMAX experience anywhere. Some fans want that to change, especially since the whole film was done using IMAX cameras.

A man by the name of Nathan Lanier started a petition a couple weeks ago on Change.org asking Marvel to include the IMAX resolution version more available. In the past, it was included in the 3D Blu-ray releases of some films, but those are becoming more and rarer as the 3D trend is dying. The petition mentions that it would be great even if it’s only available on the UHD Blu-ray release. Here’s the TLDR of the petition and you can sign it as well if you’d like to get the IMAX experience at home (or come closer to it).

TLDR: IMAX sequences on the home releases of Marvel Studios movies (and Disney films in general) are being cropped to 2.39:1 on all formats except for Blu-ray 3D which is getting harder to come by. It would be proffered to have the option between aspect ratios.

Who does this affect: Videophiles, average consumers.

Why should you care: You are not even getting close to the full picture of what was originally intended. When scenes are presented in their original aspect ratio or one close to the original as possible, you get more picture and also have a more authentic feeling when watching films at home.

SHARKNADO 6 Release Gets Pushed Back a Month

Fans of the Sharknado movies will have to wait about an extra month before the “final” (let’s face it, they’ll revive or reboot it in the not too distant future) film is released on SYFY. Instead of being released July 25, 2018, the film will be released August 19, 2018. I have yet to see the 5th one, but apparently, it leaves the world destroyed with Fin Shepherd being the only one left. This of course, launches us into the sixth film synopsis:

All is lost, or is it? Fin unlocks the time-traveling power of the SHARKNADOS in order to save the world and resurrect his family. In his quest, Fin fights Nazis, dinosaurs, knights, and even takes a ride on Noah’s Ark. This time, it’s not how to stop the sharknados, it’s when.

Yup, they’ve brought in time travel. It almost sounds like they wanted to do a mash-up of Sharknado and Kung Fury. I know I’m ready for these movies to be done so we can get to the next ridiculous SYFY original movie.

Simon Pegg Says He Wants to Play Captain Britain

Many know Simon Pegg from movies like Hot Fuzz, Star Trek Beyond, and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. He has yet to be in a Marvel movie though, which feels like it’s becoming rarer as time goes by. However, he has a hero in mind of who he’d want to play if asked by Kevin Feige or someone else at Marvel. Captain Britain. In a recent interview with JoBlo, Pegg was asked what hero he’d like to play and here’s his explanation for why he chose Captain Britain:

I mean, Captain Britain was this Marvel superhero that I loved growing up, ‘cause he was the British member of that community. I even have a Captain Britain mask when I was a kid, but I fear I would probably be slightly too old now, but if they do have... If a Captain Britain movie comes about, they’re gonna need a British cast, so...

As far as I’m aware there’s no Captain Britain film in the works, but Marvel does have plenty of films scheduled that haven’t been announced. Maybe they’ll surprise everyone with that after Avengers 4. Pegg’s next adventure is in Mission: Impossible Fallout which will be in theaters July 27, 2018.

Netflix Orders New Anime Called SEIS MANOS From Producers of CASTLEVANIA

Netflix is seeing more and more value in anime which is great for fans. Deadline reports that Netflix has ordered a new, original anime from Viz Media and Powerhouse Animations (the guys who produced the Castlevania anime) called Seis Manos. The anime will be set in Mexico in the 1970’s.

Set in Mexico in the 1970’s era, Seis Manos centers on three orphaned martial arts warriors who join forces with a DEA agent and a Mexican Federale to battle for justice after their beloved mentor is murdered on the streets of their tiny border town.

Both Viz and Netflix have released statements regarding the project. Brad Woods from Viz Media said:

With over 30 years of experience bringing the best manga and anime to North America, Seis Manos will be VIZ Media’s first original animated property. We’re thrilled to bring Seis Manos to life with our partners at Netflix and Powerhouse Animation. This show combines the absolute best in action and storytelling.

Meanwhile, Director of Japan & Anime for Netflix, John Dederian took the time to mention the passion for anime that many people in Latin America have.

We’re excited to be working with such a fantastic group of animators and storytellers to produce our first original anime series set in Mexico. Our Mexican subscribers, and viewers in Latin America more broadly, have a tremendous passion for anime. We look forward to sharing this completely unique series with them, and with the growing community of anime fans around the world.

The series was co-created by Brad Graeber, CEO of Powerhouse Animations, and writer Alvaro Rodriguez. Dan Dominguez is another writer of the show and Willis Bulliner will direct. No release date has been given, but the report indicates a global launch of the anime some time in 2019.

Guest Cast for Season 4 of UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT Announced With Character Details

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt always has some great guest stars and it looks like season 4 will be no different. ComingSoon has unveiled a list of guest stars and it looks like it is going to be amazing!

Busy Phillips will play the daughter of Artie Goodman, Sheba Goodman. She is an heiress who is trying to prove to her family that she is stable enough to be in control of her own money.

Greg Kinnear will be himself (more or less) who gets caught up in Titus’ quest to get back with Mikey Politano.

Bobby Moynihan will play Fran Dodd who is a men’s rights activist. As founder and “C.F.Bro” of The Innocence Broject, he is trying to clear the Reverend’s name as part of his resistance on “the war on men.”

Aidy Bryant will be the willfully ignorant ex-girlfriend of the Reverend, Tabby Bobatti. She lived with the Reverend while he kept the mole women in the bunker and that does not sit well with Kimmy when she finds out.

Jon Hamm will return as the Reverend, Amy Sedaris will reprise her role as Jacqueline’s friend and new assistant Mimi Kanassis, Mike Carlsen will be back as Mikey Politano, Zosia Mamet will return as Sue Thompsteen who gets led into a scam run by Jacqueline and Lillian, and Derek Klena will reprise his role as DJ Fingablast.

The first part of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s season 4 will be on Netflix on May 30, 2018 with the latter half arriving later this year.

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GIF Shows How BLEACH Characters Changed in Manga

My first introduction to Bleach was the anime, not the manga. However, when the anime was busy doing fillers and falling behind the manga, I started to read the manga chapters until the anime caught up. I noticed some changes in the artwork for the characters, but I never realized just how drastic some changes were. A user on reddit, u/RarestProGamer, recently shared a GIF that shows these differences for many of the main characters. As some of the commenters mention, this is a normal thing to happen as manga go on, and a lot of the changes help add to the effect that these characters are aging. Who do you think had the biggest transformation?

Tite Kubo's Artwork Evolution Over The Decade from r/bleach

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS is Getting a 25th Anniversary Box Set Complete with the Movie

I am a huge fan of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I grew up on the show and watched it way past the age where most kids were embarrassed by it. If you’re a fan like me, you may be excited by the new Steelbook Box Set that is being released for the 25th anniversary. It just looks beautiful and elegant. The box set will feature the entire series, two bonus content discs, and the Blu-ray debut of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. The bonus content will include things like interviews as well as the MMPR Karate Club. That’s a special treat where Jason David Frank teaches you some basics of martial arts.

Here’s the full list of Bonus Features:

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (Blu-ray)

NEW The Mighty Leap To The Silver Screen: A Look Back At The Movie With The Cast And Crew, Including Brand-new Interviews With Director Bryan Spicer And Stars Johnny Yong Bosch And Paul Freeman
Original Featurette
Theatrical Trailer
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV Series (DVD)

Bonus Disc One

Morphin Time! – A Look Back At Mighty Morphin Power Rangers With Interviews Featuring Members Of The Cast And Creative Team
A Morphenomenal Cast – Casting Director Katy Wallin And the Cast Recall What It Took to Become Power Rangers
Lord Zedd’s Monster Heads
Alpha’s Magical Christmas
The Good, The Bad And The Stupid!

Bonus Disc Two

The Fans Power Up – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Fans Remember the Series
Rare Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Fan Club Video
MMPR Karate Club – The White Ranger Kata
Power Rangers Live – The World Tour

You can pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD set now for $159.99.